In today's culture we hear many religious groups claiming to believe in Jesus. The Mormons claim it, the Catholics claim it, the followers of Harold Camping claim it, biblical Christians claim it, and even the Jehovah's Witnesses claim to believe in the Jesus Christ of the bible. Well not all groups can make this claim and all be right at the same time. Someone must be wrong and not believing in the true Jesus of the bible because if all of these groups where right than this would violate the law of non-contradiction. Which states that something cannot be both true and not true at the same time when dealing with the same context. The main purpose of this article is show who the "jesus" of the Jehovah's Witnesses is.
First, before we look at the theology or in this case the Christology of the Jehovah's Witnesses let us at their bible which they use to teach from. We must realize that the Jehovah's Witnesses do not use the same bible we use, just as many other non-Christian cults do. They have their own translation called the New World Translation, (NWT). This translation they claim is the only one that is the true living translation from Jehovah. The problem with this claim is that their translation comes from people who never have studied the bible in its original language and can not read or translate biblical languages. So they are basing their whole religion and reliability of their translation off a faulty book that is not correctly translated. So when dealing with a Jehovah's Witnesses use a real bible and not their mistranslated version.
Now that we have covered their bible. Let's take a closer look at some of the theology that the Jehovah's Witnesses teach about who Jesus is. They do not believe in the Trinity. Instead, they follow a strict form of monotheism which teaches that there is only one God in all places at all times, which does not allow for the Trinity in it teaching. There were none before God and there will be none after Him. Monotheism is a biblical view taught in the bible in the following passages (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; 45:5,14,18,21,22;46:9; 47:8; John 17:3; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; Gal. 4:8-9). However, the problem is with the view of the Jehovah's Witnesses and when it comes to where Jesus himself is concerned, because they do not believe in the Trinity they are forced to come to an alternate view. They believe Jesus is the Son of God, a created being (Col. 1:15; Rev. 3:14NWT). Lets take a closer look at these two verse that the they try and us to justify their point. First, Col. 1:15 stated in the NWT "15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;" What they are doing here is taking this verse out of context. The context here indicates “firstborn” is a metaphor for sovereignty or rank. It echoes a psalm of David: “I will also make him My firstborn, greatest of the kings of the earth” (Ps 89:27). Elsewhere, Israel is called God’s “firstborn” (Ex 4:22)—clearly not “first in a series.” As you see the Jehovah's Witnesses try to manipulate the verse with a play on words using an Existential Fallacy in their argument.
Now lets look at Rev 3:14 as stated in the NWT, 14 “And to the angel of the congregation in La·o·di·ce´a write: These are the things that the Amen says, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by God. Once again what theJehovah's Witnesses are doing is taking a part of scripture and taking it out of context and manipulating it to fit their own theology thought by the Watch Tower. The true context of this verse is dealing with Christ identifying himself for Laodicea as the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Again the the Jehovah's Witnesses are doing an Existential Fallacy trying to draw a real literal conclusion from a metaphoric ranking.
Now that we have examined those verse and have shown how the Jehovah's Witnesses use them out of context andmanipulate the means lets take a look at some of the other beliefs they hold about who Jesus is.